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Cross Country excels in A-10 race

By Nikhil Jelaji
On December 9, 2012

The Xavier women's and men's cross country teams came back into Cincinnati after racing in the Atlantic 10 Championships Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.
Juniors Tom Ohlman and Clare Fischer took A-10 All-Conference honors while placing in the top-10 finishes for the Xavier Musketeers.
The men and women both took 10th place.
Clare Fischer finished 9th overall with a time of 18:05.4 in the 5K, which earned her a spot on the Xavier recordboards.
She became the 10th fastest runner in Xavier history. Saturday marked the third top-10 finish of the season.
Four juniors finished under the 19-minute mark out of the top five women finishers.
The juniors included Abby Fischer who was 29th overall with a time of 18:44.8, Jessica Albers placed 34th with a time of 18:53.4 and her classmate Anna Ahlrichs trailed behind placing 36th with a time of 18:55.0 which marked her best time. Sophomore Chelsea Hoffmaster placed 42nd. These results ultimately kept the top-5 finishers 25 points out of 3rd place.
Other finishers from Xavier included Audrey Ramos (80th) with a time of 19:37.2, Senior Kaitlin Price (86th) with a time of 19:45.1 and Calesse Cardosi (93rd) with a time of 19.53.4.
Freshmen Victoria Ciotti finished 115th with a time of 22:44.5 and Sarah Mazzei finished 116th with a time of 22:49.1 in the first A-10 Championships of their Xavier career.
Tom Ohlman led the men with a time of 25:53.2 to secure the 4th overall and once again placed in the top-10 for his second career all-conference season, his fifth this season.
Senior Ben Foley placed second for the Musketeers as he flew past a Dayton runner and two Hawks from St. Joseph. He finished 39th with a time of 26:42.3.
Hank Geer, senior captain, finished 47th with a time of 26:47.1 while junior Spencer Lietchty snuck into the top-5 for the third straight placing 71st with a time of 27:24.0. Austin Winter made his A-10 championship debut with a time of 27:51.3.
Connor Bucholz finished right behind Winter with a time of 27:55.2, placing 92nd overall, and sophomore Corey Zielinksi followed with a time of 28:06.6, placing 102nd overall.
Juniors Chris Hanson (109th) had a time of 28:21.8, Keith Schenkel (111th) had a time of 28:23.8, and Nick Kobunski (118th) with a time of 28:40.1.
The Xavier Musketeers are on the road in two weeks with eight runners a side as they travel to Madison, Wis. to take part in the NCAA Regionals.


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